GuerlainBlanc de Perle Emulsion
1.7 fl. oz. for $81
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The best you can say about this moisturizer from Guerlain is that it isn’t as expensive as many of their other products, but that’s like saying you can save money by wasting less money! What a terrible way to think about skin care. This simplistic formula is a lightly moisturizing a combination of water, silicone, and waxes. There is far more preservative than anything beneficial for skin in here. The wafting fragrance also makes this more like using eau de cologne, and fragrance isn’t skin care.

On balance this does have some beneficial ingredients and more so than many other Guerlain products including an extract of licorice that has some skin lightening potential as well as water- binding ingredients and antioxidants but not as much as the fragrance and preservative and it should without question be the other way around. Actually, no fragrance is far better for skin but we’re giving some latitude here for the sake of objectivity.

From any angle this moisturizer disappoints especially considering there are so many better formulations than can improve the quality and color of skin for far less with no obstacles to ignore.

Last Updated:06.11.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Intensely hydrating and soothing, the Emulsion tones down dark spots. It is also enriched with active anti-ageing detoxifying ingredients to prevent damage caused by free radicals and protect skin’s youthfulness.


Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglycerin-3, Steareth-21, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Butylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Steareth-2, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sodium PCA, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Parfum (Fragrance), Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Laureth-7, Faex (Yeast Extract), Magnesium Aspartate, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, BHT, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract

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Guerlain At-A-Glance

Strengths: Lavish packaging (if that appeals to you); a good mascara; some excellent lipsticks.

Weaknesses: Very expensive; over-reliance on jar packaging; pervasive fragrance; overall mediocre to just plain bad skincare.

Guerlain's Paris pedigree, having evolved from a centuries-old fragrance house to a "lifestyle" line that prides itself on luxurious indulgences that promise to beautify (and perfume) almost every inch of you, still manages to hook plenty of unsuspecting women. Yet behind all of the enticing names and extraordinary claims lie some of the most unremarkable, overpriced skin-care products available. It may sound luxurious to find that gold is included in some of their formulations, unless you happen to know that when it's applied topically, gold is simply a potent allergen; there is no research showing it to have any effect on wrinkles or aging.

Guerlain's skin-care products contain a preponderance of ordinary cosmetic ingredients, with only a smattering of antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants, and most of these elegant ingredients are hindered by jar packaging. It's one thing to spend more than you need to on a skin-care routine, but at least if you decide to do so you should shop the overpriced lines that will reward you with far better formulations than what Guerlain offers. Guerlain is the very definition of style usurping substance. For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of avobenzone. And despite the specialty claims they make for each product grouping, repetitive formulations are the hallmark of the Guerlain line—too bad not a single moisturizer or serum formula comes close to beating the competition; more often than not they fail miserably.

Guerlain has been under the ownership of Sephora parent company Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy since 1994, and is available in many Sephora boutiques.

For more information about Guerlain, visit www.guerlain.com.

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